Feb. 18, 2012
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
THORNTON, Colo.--After a brutal stretch against the nation's best teams to open the 2012 season, the Colorado State women's water polo team took on a mixed club team Saturday afternoon, cruising to an easy win, 18-2, at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.
Facing a team comprised of the University of Colorado and University of Denver club teams, the Rams (1-8) took the lead 20 seconds into the game, and led 5-1 less than 3 minutes later, scoring on five of their first six possessions.
"We went through the same routine we always do prior to a game," coach Mike Moody said. "We make it a point to establish ourselves right away, and that's what we did. We got a lot of playing time for a lot of the players. Seeing them develop and progress is a lot of fun."
Leading 10-1 at the end of the opening period, Moody took out his starters and gave his reserves an opportunity to get in on the action. Working with new players and new schemes didn't change much, however, as the Rams scored again in the second frame, twice in the third and five times in the closing period.
"We played really well together," said senior Michelle Price. "We stayed focus and played as a team really well. Getting a win like this is a confidence booster. We just need to keep practicing our game."
Nine different Rams scored in the exhibition victory, including seven players with two or more goals: Kelcy Barott (3), Shelby Schaefer (3), Amber Bryan (2), Morgan Madrid (2), Price (2), Jamie Stone (2), Caroline Young (2), Lauren Porteus and Stephanie Weed.
"I saw a lot of good things out of a lot of different players today," Moody said. "Jamie Stone, Morgan Madrid and Michelle Price all did a great job. They all played the majority of the game, and they understood the X's and O's of what we need to do. They did a great job of executing it."
Michelle Slagle started in goal for the Rams, while Melissa Fisher took over in the second half. Combined, the duo recorded nine saves on 11 shots. The Rams were very effective offensively, recording 18 goals on 30 shot attempts, scoring at an impressive 60-percent rate.
The 18 goals would have tied for the most in CSU history, if it were a regulation contest.
While the game didn't count in the standings, Moody thought it was beneficial to get the girls some work before the team's next contest, which will be March 3 at the VMAC. That weekend, CSU will host a tournament featuring Cal State East Bay, No. 11 Indiana and the Renegades, a club team from Canada.
"Playing against the mix of both DU and CU's club team is good for the state of Colorado, and that's why we did this," Moody said. "In addition, it was important to make sure our girls are keeping active and are ready to go."
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